Weekly Update

It has been a good week! We have started a very difficult Rounding unit in Math, and the students have all worked hard to persevere to learn these new concepts. We have really had to work on remembering place value (ones and tens), as well as how to put our skip counting skills to use. We also finished up some of the Thanksgiving theme’d activities we had been working on … a step by step drawing of a turkey, as well as our class book: “If I was a Turkey on Thanksgiving …”

Dates to Remember:

Monday, October 15th – Picture Re-takes

Thursday, October 18th – Great Shakedown Earthquake Drill

Friday, October 19th – Pro-D Day

Spelling and Phonograms:

List will be introduced on Monday, October 15th and tested on Thursday, October 18th.

  1. sing
  2. sang
  3. sung
  4. song
  5. doll
  6. feet
  7. zoo
  8. miss
  9. add
  10. lace
  11. mister
  12. finds
  13. nice
  14. plant
  15. got
  16. away
  17. came
  18. west
  19. went
  20. lake

ew, ei, oe, kn, ee, sh, oo, ng, wor, tch

We have now been introduced to all of the phonograms – so each week the 10 that we focus on will be a different mix of the 70 phonograms.

Bible Memory:

Philippians 4:4-6

Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice! Let your gentleness be evident to all. Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable – if anything is excellent or praiseworthy – think about such things.

Reminders and Other Information:

  • Home Reading – bring it in on your assigned day please
  • Full Dress Uniform – we have started our Full Dress Uniform Wednesdays
    • girls: tunic, blouse, sweater, navy blue knee high socks, black/white shoes
    • boys: navy pants, dress shirt, sweater, black/white shoes
  • I went through the criminal record checks and found that there were quite a few parents who do not yet have criminal record checks on file at the office. In order to keep our children safe, all adults who attend field trips must have a current criminal record check. Moms, Dads, Grandpas and Grandmas all need to have a criminal records check. If you are unsure if you have a current criminal records check, feel free to send me an email and I can let you know.
  • If you have not signed up for Parent-Teacher interviews yet please do so ASAP – sign up is on my door
  • Thanks for getting all your comfort kits in!

Comfort Kits

If you have not yet brought in your child’s comfort kit, please do so either today or tomorrow. They will be moved to the storage location tomorrow after school, and I have no access to them at that point.

Weekly Update

It has been a great week! We have been busy talking about the difference between physical and chemical changes, how to ask good questions, greater than and less than number sentences, and attempting to work on our skipping skills! Grade 2’s have been working hard! We also had a wonderful field trip to the Pumpkin Patch. Thanks to all the parent’s who joined us, and took groups of students through the maze! We had a great time!

I hope you all enjoy your Thanksgiving weekend with friends and family, eating turkey and remembering all that God has given us to be thankful for.

Dates to Remember:

Monday, October 8th – Thanksgiving Holiday – No School

Friday, October 12th – Comfort Kits due

Spelling and Phonograms:

  1. what
  2. spring
  3. summer
  4. winter
  5. fall
  6. or
  7. yet
  8. moon
  9. than
  10. take
  11. season
  12. storm
  13. corn
  14. tree
  15. blow
  16. alike
  17. put
  18. river
  19. each
  20. dinner

eigh, ear, oi, ti, ey, au, dge, ci, oa, aw

Bible Memory:

Philippians 4:4-6

Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice! Let your gentleness be evident to all. Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.

Reminders and Other Information:

  • Remember to bring in your Home Reading on your day
  • Comfort Kits – the emergency kits must be brought in by October 12th – if you have not yet brought that in, please do so ASAP – they will be taken from the classroom to be stored on Friday.
  • Wednesday, October 24th we will be having Parent-Teacher interviews – Please come and join us from 10am-6pm for Parent/Teacher interviews. This year we are trying something new and would like to sit down with each family to show case what the children have accomplished so far this year and the things that they are working on. The interview will take the place of our Interim Report and we would love to have the face -to-face contact with each family. Sign up sheets will be posted on the classroom door and you can sign up for time that will work best for you. Please make sure you come and sign up for a time that works for you. I look forward to seeing you on October 24th.
  • It is our goal that the students will get outside to run around at recess and lunch. We will not send them out in the pouring rain, but we will go out if it is just drizzling. Please send rain coats and rain boots.

I have decided that I am going to learn how to use FreshGrade this year. It is an online program that will allow me to communicate individually with parents, posting pictures and updates for each individual student. I am going to spend some time familiarizing myself with the program, so bear with me as I learn 🙂 I am not making any promises at the beginning as to how often I will post for each individual student, but will work my best to use this often and effectively.

Pictures from our Week:

Corn Maze

Parent-Teacher Interviews

Please come and join us on October 24th from 10am-6pm for Parent/Teacher interviews. This year we are trying something new and would like to sit down with each family to show case what the children have accomplished so far this year and the things that they are working on. The interview will take the place of our Interim Report and we would love to have the face -to-face contact with each family. Sign up sheets will be posted on the classroom door and you can sign up for time that will work best for you. We look forward to seeing you on October 24th.

Bible Memory

I forgot to include our Bible Memory in my post on Friday. We will be learning                 Philippians 4:4-9 for the month of October.

Philippians 4:4

Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice!

Friday Update

Wow! October already … time is just flying by! It’s been a busy week! We had our first Knight Day, which was also the first Hot Lunch day that we had … the students had to demonstrate great patience, as their were a few hiccups with the first hot lunch day. We had our Terry Fox Run, and lots of other great things!

October Dates:

Tuesday, October 2nd – Food and Nutrition Assembly with Miss Stark

Wednesday, October 3rd – Pumpkin Patch Field Trip

Friday, October 5th – Pro-d Day – No school

Monday, October 6th – Thanksgiving – No school

Monday, October 15th – Picture Re-takes

Thursday, October 18th – Great Shakedown Earthquake Drill

Friday, October 19th – Pro-d Day – No School

Wednesday, October 24th – Parent-Teacher Interviews – no classes in session

Friday, October 26th

  • October Scholastic orders due
  • Soup Picnic Lunch

Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday – October 30th, 31st, and Nov. 1st – Scholastic Book Fair

Wednesday, October 31st – Fall Colour Dress Up Day

Spelling and Phonograms:

List will be introduced on Monday, October 1st, and tested on Friday, October 4th

  1. white
  2. paper
  3. cut
  4. its
  5. it’s
  6. sick
  7. gave
  8. give
  9. free
  10. back
  11. thing
  12. roll
  13. stone
  14. foot
  15. dance
  16. lift
  17. page
  18. after
  19. show
  20. thank

tch, ph, ur, wh, si, wr, gn, ir, ow, ough

Reminders and Other Information:

  • remember to bring in your Home Reading
  • Bring in your Comfort Kits ASAP if you haven’t already. They are due by October 12th at the latest.
  • On October 26th, we will be having a soup picnic. We will be using veggies from our HRA garden and high school students will be preparing the soup. Our classroom has been asked to supply 12 cans of diced tomatoes to be brought to the school on Monday, October 22nd. Is there anyone who could volunteer to bring a can? Please let me know!
  • Criminal Record Checks – with our field trip coming up next week, if you are hoping to be there, please make sure you check at the office if you have a criminal record check, if you don’t, they will give you the paperwork that you need. This is very important, please look into it ASAP
  • Hockey Tickets Draw – We have a package of Chilliwack Chief hockey tickets available for our class (one adult and one child) – The game is on October 5th … if you are available and interested in being entered to win the draw for our class, please email me or write a little note in your child’s planner. I will do the draw on Wednesday.
  • On Wednesday, October 24th we will be having parent teacher interviews in the daytime – information on how to sign up will be available shortly. I will let you know.
  • Pumpkin Patch field trip is on Wednesday, this will happen rain or shine! Come dressed for the weather. 🙂

Pictures from our Week:

Reading to the class

Buddy Reading

Math Activities

Terry Fox Run

Art Afternoon

Friday Update

It has been a great week! We had a surprise fire drill (a toaster somewhere in the building) while the children were all on the playground at lunch. They all did such an amazing job of responding to the whistle and finding their teacher, even though they didn’t understand why. I was proud of how quickly they all obeyed. A huge thank you to all the parents that came out to our Parent Welcome Night, it was great to be able to connect and chat with some of you. Feel free to stop in any time with questions or concerns. We had some fun tasting different types of apples, playing new games in gym, and starting to work in our Math books.

Dates to Remember:

Wednesday, September 26th – Knight Day/Hot dog hot lunch

Friday, September 28th

  • Toonies for Terry (information below)
  • September scholastic orders will be placed after school

Spelling and Phonograms:

It will be our first week with 20 words. Remember that Spelling City is available through my blog to help your children practice at home each evening.

List will be introduced on Monday, September 24th, and tested on Friday, September 28th

  1. call
  2. row
  3. salt
  4. belong
  5. bring
  6. bite
  7. get
  8. send
  9. coat
  10. tell
  11. how
  12. yard
  13. low
  14. other
  15. men
  16. apple
  17. well
  18. late
  19. that
  20. them

igh, ed, oy, ai, ui, wor, sh, or, ie, ck

If you are new to the school, and you look at these each week and wonder what in the world these are, they are our phonograms, which help us to sound out and learn to read. A set of all 70 phonograms can be purchased at the school office so that you can help your child practice them each evening at home.

Bible Memory:

Hebrews 11:1-3

“Faith is the confidence that what we hope for will actually happen; it gives us assurance about things we cannot see. Through their faith, the people in days of old earned a good reputation. By faith we understand that the entire universe was formed at God’s command, that what we now see did not come from anything that can be seen.” 

Reminders and Other Information:

  • Pumpkin patch field trip permission slips – please get these to me if you have not yet handed it in
  • Bring in Comfort Kits
  • Toonies for Terry – On September 28th we will spend some time talking about Terry Fox and we will participate in our own Terry Fox run. If you would like to donate “Toonies for Terry” to be used for cancer research, it would be much appreciated!
  • Purdy’s Campaign
    Catalogs are available at the school office – 25% of each student’s sales goes in their Student reserve account.

    Prizes will be given to Families with the highest sales.

    Orders are due at the school office by Friday Nov. 23, 2018

    Orders will be available for pick up on Friday Dec. 7, 2018

Home Reading:

I have sent home with your child Home Reading for the first times. I have spent the first couple of weeks reading with each of your children, assessing where they are at. If your child is going to Learning Assistance, they will not have received a Home Reading book from me, but will take one home from Ms. Couse.

Students succeed when they read. Reading occurs at school, but practice at home is also an essential part of your child’s education. Students are expected to read for a minimum of 20 minutes a day, 5 days a week. They may read on their own, with a parent, or with a sibling or friend.

I have created a schedule and that will be the day that I read with your child. When they read with me, I will be checking for fluency, as well as comprehension. If I feel they are successful in reading and understanding the book, I will give them a new book. If they still need more practice, I will send it home again, and we will try again next time. Please do your best to make sure that books are remembered on the correct day.

Students are not limited to reading just the book they are sent home with, however, it is a book that is at their own reading level. I expect that they will practice the one I send home each evening, and then take the time to enjoy other books. The book I send home is age and level appropriate. I realize it might seem a little bit redundant, but it is important to have the repetition and the practice, over and over,  to build fluency and to have good comprehension.

When they have completed their home reading for the day, they can fill out the form and get it signed by a parent (only sign it one time per day). Please return the form when it is complete for a reading prize.

I would love to see every student reading at home and participating in our Home Reading program. It will go a long way in helping your child become a better reader.

If you have any questions, please feel free to send me an email or come see me.

Reading Schedule:

Monday – Gracie, Aislin, Lily, Janaea

Tuesday – Casandra, Jediah, Zachary, Emma

Wednesday – Sophia, Emily, Jesse

Thursday – Adalyn, Kesler, Kiara, Ben

Friday Update

It has been a great first full week … with lots of things going on! Everyone seems to be settling in really well, learning the rules and routines in the classroom. We had a fire drill, and a bus evacuation drill. The students all did great during both of those. Thank you for remembering full dress uniform on picture day. And we have been working on lots of review, as well as introducing new units this week.

Dates to Remember:

Monday, September 17th – Pro-D day

Tuesday, September 18th – Parent Night @ 6:30 pm in the gym

Spelling:

List will be introduced on Tuesday, September 18th and tested on Friday, September 21st. This will be our last week of 10 words.

  1. lone
  2. alone
  3. one
  4. food
  5. five
  6. led
  7. year
  8. house
  9. way
  10. some

We did not get to our new phonograms this week. So this list of 10 is the same as what we were supposed to do.

ee, oo, er, ng, ay, ou, ch, ea, th, ar

Bible Memory:

This year we are doing Bible memory as part of our chapel each week. As a primary department we will be doing the same scripture verse.

Hebrews 11:1

“Faith is the confidence that what we hope for will actually happen; it gives us assurance about things we cannot see.”

Reminders and Other Information:

  • Parent Night – on Tuesday, September 18th we will be having our parent night. Come out at 6:30 to meet the teachers, and to receive information for the year ahead. Children should not be coming to the Parent Night
  • Knight Day – each month, when we have Knight Day, there will be a hot dog lunch available for order as well. The forms will go home a few days before, and they will need to be returned to the office
  • Pizza Lunch on Tuesdays – this has already started. Feel free to go to the office and buy a pizza card, or if you prefer, you may send your child with a toonie on Tuesdays so they can have pizza. I will take pizza orders after I have done attendance.
  • Information about Emergency Kits went home with your child on Wednesday, please make sure you put those together and bring them to class as soon as you can
  • Pumpkin Patch permission slips went home – sign and return as soon as possible – please remember that if you are wanting to participate in field trips, you must have a criminal record check completed
  • Scholastic book orders – each month I will send home a new flyer. If you wish to purchase something, you can return it to me and I will place the order. I only place orders once a month, after school on the date that is stamped at the top, so if you return it right away, it will take time before your order comes.
  • Please remember to get your Student Information submitted to the office ASAP, it is important for us to have those details on file

Pictures from our Week:

First Time with our Buddies

Science Experiment

Weekly Update

Welcome to Grade 2! It has been a pleasure to meet you all, and I am excited about the year ahead!

September Dates:

Monday, September 10th – Fire Drill

Wednesday, September 12th – Picture Day – Full dress uniform

Thursday, September 13th – Bus evacuation drill

Monday, September 17th – Pro-D – No School

Tuesday, September 18th – Parent Welcome Night – 6:30pm

Wednesday, September 26th – Knight Day

Spelling:

List will be introduced on Monday, September 10th and tested on Friday, September 14th. For extra practice at home, if you go through my blog you will find the weeks words on Spelling City – which has different games and activities to help students practice spelling words.

  1. his
  2. just
  3. about
  4. much
  5. ball
  6. law
  7. lay
  8. soft
  9. path
  10. as

We will focus on 10 phonograms each week. They will be introduced on Mondays, and tested on Friday. If you get 10/10 on Monday when they are introduced, you will not have to do the test on Friday.

ee, oo, er, ng, ay, ou, ch, ea, th, ar

Reminders and Other Information:

Just a few things to get us started for the year. I sent home a newsletter, and some of this information was on there, but some of this is new also.

  • If you have not yet brought in kleenex boxes, paint shirt and gym shoes, please do so as soon as possible
  • A Criminal record check will be MANDATORY to be in the classroom or to participate in field trips, please make sure you have these on file at the office, or get the process started right away
  • Water bottles – I would encourage each student to have a water bottle … we don’t have a water fountain in the classroom, so it is important that they have a way to have a drink when hot and thirsty
  • Planners have gone home and this will be a very effective way to communicate back and forth – I check it each morning, Please be sure to bring it to school EVERY day.
  • Emergency Kits – some parents have been asking about these … information about putting these together will be coming home with your student next week.
  • Student Information form went home with your child today – please fill it out and return it to the school office ASAP! It is important for us to have these details on file for your child.

I post on my blog every Friday about what is going on in the week ahead, as well as all other important information that you will need. Please make sure you refer to the blog for all the details.

Pictures from our Week:

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